Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fish in Roasted Mung Beans (Moong dal) gravy

This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. I fondly remember those days when my mom used to make " Mung daler mudighonto ", an authentic Bengali dish made out of Fish head (especially Rohu or Katla ) cooked in Moong dal.  I have adapted this recipe from my mom's original one . I have also used King fish fillets instead of fish head .     

fish with moong beans

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • 1 lb. kingfish , cut into 2 " fillets
  • 2 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1" piece of ginger
  • 1 cup moong dal ( or Mung Beans) , roasted
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt, as required
  • Oil, as required
  • Water , as required

Ingredients for seasoning :
  • 1 tsp whole jeera
  • 2 -3 Bay leaves
  • 2 whole red chilies
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Ghee/butter

Preparation :
  • Wash the fish thoroughly and cut into 2 " pieces.  Apply a pinch of salt and turmeric and keep aside.
  • Dry roast the mung beans , till you get a rich golden color.
roasted moong

  • Pressure cook the mung beans till they are half cooked .The beans should break easily. Keep aside.

preparing moong

  • In a blender, add the chopped onions and ginger, blend it to a fine paste. Keep aside. 
  • In a non stick skillet, heat oil and shallow fry the fish till it turns golden brown on both sides. 
fish fry

  • In the remaining oil, add the ginger and onion paste, 1 tsp turmeric and fry for a minute.
  • Then add curd, sugar and salt and fry all the ingredients well by constantly stirring for a minute or two .
  • Add the half cooked mung beans, add sufficient water and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat till all the flavors blend well . Next add the fish pieces and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the mung beans and fish are fully cooked.
  • In a small non stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp ghee/butter, add jeera, when it starts to sputter , add the rest of the ingredients and fry well.
  • Add the seasoning on the fish curry, and mix well . 

moong dal mudi ghonto

  • Serve hot with Rice.
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  1. Never eaten fish and dal combination...good to know these new fish recipes.

  2. Wow , this is a truly new combination, will try them for sure!

  3. Thanks Soumya nad Shobha....this is a great give it a try sometimes and let me know :-)

  4. this is a real new one for me..lemme try it..
    looks so yumm!!

  5. Sonali.. thanks for the lovely comment.. and you have a beautiful space here.. wow and with only fish.. thts great.. love to peek in everytime..and glad to follow you

  6. First time curry looks delicious....happy to follow you


  7. Great to know a blog that has only fish recipes :-)

  8. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog, a blog full of fish recipes, that's amazing, fish with dal looks great

  9. Thank you to all of you for your encouraging comments . Being new to this blogosphere ,it does mean a lot to me :-)

  10. What a unique n interesting space you have here..everything looks great.. keep up the good work :)

    US Masala

  11. Hey Sonali,

    Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you liked my article. You have a wonderful space here. Never imagined so many varieties with fish. Following you. Great going...


  12. wow,ur blog is full of fish.wonderful recipes.will surely try ur recipes.thanks for following me.glad to follow u too dear.

  13. new n interesting recipe looking delicious dear..n thanks a lot for visiting n following my blog..

  14. Thanks a lot to all of you for your kind wishes :-)

  15. I will try this out since this one is completely new to me:)
    Thanks for sharing


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